Morgan Wallen apologises for throwing chair off roof of bar

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Morgan Wallen has issued an apology for throwing a chair off the sixth storey of a rooftop bar in Nashville.

Earlier this month, Wallen was arrested for the alleged incident. According to Fox News, he was charged with three counts of reckless endangerment and one count of disorderly conduct.

Per an arrest report, some police officers were standing in front of Chief’s bar on Broadway last night when a chair fell from above and landed just feet away from them. The establishment had only opened its doors for the first time two days prior (Friday, April 5).

Staff at the venue subsequently told police that Wallen had thrown the chair from the sixth floor. The document also claimed that police had seen footage showing the artist “lunging and throwing an object over the roof”.

He is set to appear in court on May 3, the same day he is scheduled to play the second of three consecutive shows at the Nissan Stadium in Nashville that evening.

Now, Wallen has publicly addressed the incident. “I didn’t feel right publicly checking in until I made amends with some folks,” he said in a social media post last night (April 19). “I’ve touched base with Nashville law enforcement, my family, and the good people at Chief’s. I’m not proud of my behaviour, and I accept responsibility.”

“I have the utmost respect for the officers working every day to keep us all safe,” Wallen added. “Regarding my tour, there will be no change.”

In 2021, footage of Wallen using a racial slur surfaced online. His music was temporarily dropped from numerous radio stations and streaming services’ playlists as a result, and he was banned from that year’s Billboard Music Awards.

Wallen said he was “embarrassed and sorry”, adding: “I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back.

“There are no excuses to use this type of language, ever. I want to sincerely apologise for using the word. I promise to do better.”

Wallen pledged to donate “around $500,000” to Black-led organisations in a bid to make amends, but it was later reported that he gave a total of $165,000 – which was given to a single group.

This summer will see Morgan Wallen headline the 2024 edition of BST Hyde Park in London.

During his second consecutive Indianapolis gig last Friday (April 5), Wallen defended Taylor Swift after a mention of the pop star prompted booing from the crowd.

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